National Outlook

Since Pete Carroll's arrival, USC has seemed to cherry pick any southern California high school football player it wanted. But last year, Karl Dorrell convinced three stars at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles to sign with UCLA. This week, the Crenshaw-UCLA pipeline re-opened as two more Cougars decided to become Bruins in the fall of 2007.

Defensive tackle Brian Price attended the Bruins' spring scrimmage last Saturday and gave his commitment to Dorrell immediately following the game. Price was an all-city selection in 2005 and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in the Coliseum League. He amassed 117 tackles and 22 sacks in 2002, which are extremely impressive totals for a defensive tackle. The 6-3, 270-pound Price also received offers from USC and Cal.

While Price is a very good prospect, UCLA's real coup this week was landing his teammate, Raymond Carter. Carter was scheduled to join Price at the spring scrimmage and had planned to give UCLA his commitment then as well. However, a death in his family prevented him from attending. By Tuesday, he had contacted the UCLA coaches and informed them of his decision to become a Bruin. Carter uses his good speed in attacking open holes and getting up field quickly. While USC and Arizona were his only other offers at this time, the four-star prospect on Scout.com was receiving interest from coast to coast.

Only two other juniors made commitments this week and both of them chose LSU. Cornerback Barry Valcin of Port Arthur, Texas actually accepted an offer from head coach Les Miles in early February but did not make his choice known until last Friday. The LSU coaches think Valcin has the toughness and hip turn to be a lockdown corner. At 5-11, 174 pounds, he also has decent size for the position. Valcin had received interest from Miami, Florida State, and Texas before deciding on LSU.

Shortly after the Valcin commitment was made public, the Tigers received another pledge, this one from defensive tackle Kantravis Aubrey. Aubrey received a scholarship offer last Friday and accepted on the spot. The Bastrop, La. native visited Baton Rouge for their Junior Day on March 4 and he became the fourth junior day attendee to commit to the Tigers. Aubrey played defensive end at Bastrop high school, but at 6-3, 285 pounds as a junior, he will most likely become a defensive tackle once he gets to LSU.

The lone unsigned member of Scout.com's 2006 Hot 100 made his decision this week. Clifton Geathers of Georgetown, S.C. picked the Georgia Bulldogs over Clemson, Florida State, and South Carolina. The 6-7, 280-pound Geathers has played on both sides of the ball, but Georgia plans to start him out at defensive end. That is if Geathers makes it to Athens this year. He is short of qualifying academically, and while the Georgia coaches are holding out hope that he will be able to matriculate, most expect him to attend a prep school in the fall.


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